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August 1st, 2013

Chorale auditions open this weekend

August 1, 2013

If you love music and are willing to work to perform with others, Cavanal Chorale is opening its doors for you this weekend.
Cavanal Chorale was organized in 2008 for the purpose of sharing choral music of high musical standards with Poteau and the surrounding areas, according to Chorale Conductor Noma Curtis.
"A variety of genres are rehearsed and presented in each themed concert series. These genres include classical, art songs, folk songs, musical theatre, sacred, humorous and patriotic," Curtis said.

Wister pavilion to be dedicated Saturday

August 1, 2013

The public is invited to the dedication of the Henry J. Heflin Pavilion on Saturday at Lake Wister State Park.
State Rep. James Lockhart and Sen. Jerry Ellis will be on hand for the ceremony along with Heflin family members and descendants.
The legislators sponsored a bill to authorize the naming of the Victor Camping Area pavilion in honor of Heflin, a LeFlore County pioneer who once owned the land where the camping area sits.

July 31st

Economic development discussed at Rotary meeting

July 31, 2013

Lundy Kiger, chairman of the Fort Smith Regional Alliance and Lea Taylor, the alliance’s executive director, talk to the Poteau Rotary Club on Wednesday about the efforts of the alliance to coordinate economic development efforts in the Fort Smith area, including Poteau.

Photo submitted by Sevilla Vance

Talihina youth injured in accident

July 31, 2013

A Talihina youth was hospitalized after her car left the roadway and struck a tree.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Mariah Frederick, 16, of Talihina, was driving a 2008 Mitsubishi west on Oklahoma Highway 63 when her vehicle left the right side of the road and struck a tree.
Frederick was pinned inside her vehicle until she was freed 30 minutes later by the Whitesboro Fire Department.

LeFlore County unemployment rate dips in June

July 31, 2013

LeFlore County unemployment rates dropped more than 0.5 percent, removing the county from the highest rates list for the first time in more than a year.
LeFlore County was one of two counties to report a decrease in unemployment during June, Sequoyah County the other. Over the year, LeFlore County unemployment rates have decreased 1 percent, dropping from 8.9 percent to 7.9 percent. Latimer County, McCurtain County and Hughes County were respectively named as the top three reporting highest unemployment rates for June at 9.2 percent, 8.9 percent and 8 percent.

July 30th

Power outage caused by accident

July 30, 2013

Panama city workers replace a stop sign destroyed by a pickup Tuesday afternoon. The pickup also caused a power outage when it sheered off a utility pole at the intersection of Rock Jail Road and U.S. highway 59. No one was injured in the one vehicle accident. Panama Chief of Police John Whiteaker said about 100 homes were without power. OG&E were on the scene trying restore electricity before police were completed with their accident investigation, said Whiteaker.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

Polished Professional seminar set Friday

July 30, 2013

REI Women’s Business Center & The Poteau Chamber presents the  7th  Annual Women’s Bizz Conference in Poteau - "The Polished Professional – Secrets to Passion, Purpose, and Style."
This year there will be a Conference Schedule with three great ladies and special guest Poteau Police Department.
Speakers include:
Connie Visitacion is the owner of Believe It! Achieve It!
She offers areas of self-development strategies to empower a person with success. She is also a powerful communicator, team builder and time manager.
Kay Byrd, Personal Development Coach

270 bridge set for replacement

July 30, 2013

The blue bridge in Wister soon may be history after the Oklahoma Department of Transportation completed an alignment study.
According to ODOT, the consideration to make improvements at the Caston Creek crossing on U.S. Highway 270 about one mile south of the U.S. Highway 271 junction was a culmination of public meeting participation, federal and state agency input and a completed alignment study.
During a public meeting held in Wister on June 26, 2012, four alternative alignments were presented based on the results of a previous alignment study.

Floyd left lasting mark on Poteau football history

July 30, 2013

(Editor's note: This is the first in a series of features that will revisit the historical figures of LeFlore County who have been recognized for their contributions. Throughout LeFlore County, buildings have been dedicated to people who many may not have known or may not remember. These features are dedicated to keeping the namesake's memory alive for future generations.)

New feature spotlights smiles

July 30, 2013

We're going to be rolling out some new features in upcoming weeks. The first one is "smile of the week." If you are proud of your smile, or have a child (or parent) with a great smile, send it along to us at publisher@poteaudailynews.com, and we'll feature it in our "smile of the week" feature.

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